This paper attempts to answer the following question regarding regional and ethnic consciousness: Does southern identity vary by the level of ethnic identity one professes? Less than one-third of those who identified themselves as southerners, indicate that their identity as a southerner is much more important than their other identities including their ethnic identity. Some of these respondents practice a symbolic regionalism. Ethnic identity for most of the respondents is more important than their regional identity, although for them southerner and Irish are not mutually exclusive identities. The strength of ethnic identity is not significantly related to the importance of southern identity. Thus, southern identity does not vary by the level of ethnic identity one professes.
Smith, William. 2009. "Southerner and Irish? Regional and Ethnic Consciousness in Savannah, Georgia." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 24(1): Article 12. Available at: https://egrove.olemiss.edu/jrss/vol24/iss1/12